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The founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation offers his opinion of what is and what isn’t religious intimidation 
The Death of Klinghoffer offers a pro-Palestinian bias
As Ebola rapidly spreads in West Africa, Christian aid workers are risking their lives on the front lines
Epidemics—and the fears and heroism they breed—have a long history in the United States
With winter coming, facilities for the internally displaced may not be ready. But churches are working to help, and are growing
Some campus ministries adapt—and even grow—as they lose their homes
How the church rose and helped take down the Berlin Wall
Researchers are developing materials that repair themselves
A choice became an imperative when Paul Davis saw his son flourish at a better school
Letters from our readers
Our inclination to cling to visuals of the past says much about our heart’s condition
Resting in God’s grace at Thanksgiving
Breakfast brew A craft brewer in Ft. Collins, Colo., left several shoppers agitated when he purchased the entire stock of Count Chocula cereal from two Albertson’s supermarket stores in early October. According to Steve Marrick, the general manager of Black Bottle Brewery, he needed the boxes of cereal for his brewery’s next installment in its “Cerealiously” beer series. The line of brews turns popular cereal brands into beer. The brewery has featured beers made with Golden
Investing the windfall from the gas pump
Nov. 9 Independence-minded Catalans will test the strength of the movement today when residents of Catalonia cast ballots in a nonbinding vote for independence from Spain. Catalan President Artur Mas sought to make the Nov. 9 date an official vote, but was blocked by unity advocates in Madrid and the nation’s constitutional court. Mas said he would allow an unofficial vote as a way to rally Catalans around the independence movement. Nov. 11 Legendary British rock band Pink Floyd will
An American couple faces Qatari imprisonment over a tragedy in their adoptive home 
Died St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, and his 18-year-old girlfriend died in a car crash on Oct. 26. Taveras, considered a future star, was driving his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro near his Dominican Republic home at the time of the accident. News of Taveras’ death shook the baseball community during Game 5 of the World Series, two weeks after Taveras hit a game-tying home run in the National League Championship Series and four months after he hit a home run in his first big
‘It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.’ Cuban migrant Yannio La O on reaching Miami, Fla., after a shipwreck. The number of Cuban migrants to the United States has surged to the highest level since 1994. ‘He made excuses and lied. He showed no repentance.’ South Korean prosecutors on seeking the death penalty against Lee Joon-seok, captain of the Sewol ferry that sank in April. The sinking resulted in 300
Those who attack Christianity do so from an unenviable place
Laggies lacks honesty about Millennials’ stunted development
Some superhero movies are like icing-laden cupcakes, all cloying eye candy with no substance. Not indie film Birdman , no, never—it is the anti-superhero movie stuffed with so much self-aware irony and cynical satire that it goes hard and heavy down the gullet, like nutty fruitcake. Birdman (rated R for language, sexual content, and brief violence) begins with aging actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) hovering above his dressing room floor in deep meditation. He can move
Readers can be forgiven if the mention of another small-budget, inspirational, high-school football movie incites little enthusiasm. 23 Blast , though, is a surprisingly effective film. 23 Blast tells the story of Travis Freeman, who is a star player for Corbin High in Kentucky, until he suddenly loses eyesight due to a bacterial infection. Freeman (Mark Hapka) slowly adjusts to life with blindness and continues to support his team from the bleachers, until his coach (Stephen Lang) makes an
Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is only a middleman in Germany’s international spy scene in A Most Wanted Man . With bureaucrats breathing down his neck and Muslim informants hanging on every word, his loyalties as part of an anti-terror unit are complicated. Those familiar with Cold War tales like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will recognize novelist John le Carré’s complex, character-driven storytelling here, albeit with a post-9/11 plot.   When Issa, a radical Muslim from
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The most romantic of the 38 anniversaries my wife and I have celebrated came in 2005. We spent the night in a hut on the banks of the Zambezi River hearing a symphony of snorting hippos. The next morning I saw a mention of how the 1,600-mile Zambezi was missionary/explorer David Livingstone’s heartbreak: He hoped it would be a great avenue for commerce, but it proved to be unnavigable.  That tidbit led me to read widely about Livingstone, and to write about him in WORLD columns
Four nonfiction books related to movies
Three albums, all posthumously released, reveal much about their makers
Noteworthy new albums
What’s motivating some young Westerners to join militant Islamist groups?
Revolutionary fusion power moves closer to reality
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A Kansas City church’s sports leagues bring salt and light to a struggling community 
Author shows how official idiocy helped spread an academic
I know the story of Ruth by heart because I listened to its corresponding Adventures in Odyssey episode at least 20 times during my childhood. My brother and I popped in the tape—this one called “Three Funerals and a Wedding”—and we milled around the kitchen making boxed macaroni and cheese. Our ears pricked when Naomi cried out, “Don’t called me Naomi! Call me Mara! Bitter! The Lord has dealt bitterly with me.” Naomi sounded impossibly hostile. If you don’t know the story,
After my last article, “Decisive Moment,” some readers questioned this line: “Christians make up about one-fifth of Hong Kong’s population.” Hong Kong officially pegs the number of combined Protestants and Catholics around 10 percent. But territory-wide studies done by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College (DSCCC) and Hong Kong Baptist University reveal the number is closer to 20 percent. In 2009, DSCCC professor Francis Yip conducted a phone survey to explore Hong Kong
John Newton’s life in musical form illustrates the cultural fruit of Christianity
Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush. According to Commentary magazine, Jeb Bush had an impressive record as governor, including tax reductions totaling $20 billion. Given that performance, why is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, upset? Politico, and many others, assert it’s because of an answer Bush gave in 2012 to a hypothetical question posed by a member of the House Budget
Selfish giving. In the relief and development world, the acronym SWEDOW (Stuff We Don’t Want) has come to stand for the practice of giving our cast-off stuff to the poor, especially abroad. Sometimes the giving is just silly (bras to Africa campaigns), but sometimes it’s harmful. Sometimes the attitude affects Christians, as this blog entry about a cell phone shows. Solving equations. Another reason to require algebra of all students hits the dust. An app on a smart phone can solve
Teen dating violence is on the rise, according to a nationwide study published last week. Experts say the latest numbers reveal a startling culture of relational abuse, especially emotional abuse, with much of it happening online.  The National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence found nearly 20 percent of dating teens, both boys and girls, reported they had been victims of physical or sexual abuse, and more than 60 percent reported being both victims and perpetrators
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